So you want to be a language teacher, but you’re not sure how to make money with it? It’s a common question, and for a good reason – not many people make a living from being a language teacher. You have to put in the work to get the job done, and since you probably don’t have a lot of experience, you’ll need to figure out how to get some serious training before you can even think about making a living as a language teacher. Luckily, you can make money online teaching languages, and here’s how:
Create Blogs, Product Reviews And More
Blogs, product reviews, and more can all be monetized in some way or another. Whether you choose to review products or create tutorials, you’ll find a way to make money online with your skills. Just remember that the more you put out, the more you’ll get back, so don’t put out too much too soon.
Find Your Niche
Niche, niche, niche… you’ll hear it a lot when you start looking for work as a language teacher, but you need to know what it means. When you find your niche, you’ll discover a community of people who are interested in the same subject matter that you are – ESL (English as a Second Language), for example, or business English. When you join these communities, you’ll be able to find people who want to talk to you and teach you. You’ll also be able to find people who are looking for partners in their own right for teaching projects or just for someone to talk to. In the end, niche equals money.
Build A Reputation
Building a reputation isn’t just about having lots of content to link to on social media – it’s about being seen as a reliable and credible source of information by others in your industry. If you want to make money teaching languages, you’ll need to build a reputation as a reliable and reputable source of information for people in your niche. The best way to do this is to consistently put out high-quality content that people can point back to over time.
Find A Way To Monetize Your Content
There are many ways to make money from blogging, and the best ones let you do it while you sleep. One of the easiest ways is to choose one of the many affiliate marketing schemes available and build a website around that. You’ll then be able to make money off of other people’s interest in the products you promote through affiliates, whether you’re an ESL teacher or a business English teacher. You could start small by making a page for each product you promote and track the results of your affiliate marketing efforts (profitability, traffic, and so on) – this way, you’ll always have an idea of how effective your strategy is and can make changes accordingly.
Avoid Poor Quality Content
If you ever have a look at some of the content that gets shared the most on social media, you’ll often find that it’s either extremely spammy or ridiculously low-quality. There’s absolutely no need to shill a product or service in any way when you can simply write an informative article about it that will reach a much wider audience. When someone shares an article with a bunch of their friends, you’ll usually notice that it gets lost in the chatter and doesn’t receive nearly the amount of attention it deserves – this is because most of their friends either don’t care about the topic or just want to stay connected to a large group of people.
Take Advantage Of The Digital Marketing World
It’s important to understand that this is a whole different ballgame when it comes to marketing your language blog or teaching website now compared to just a few years ago. Back then, you’d probably spend a lot of time marketing your product through traditional methods like newspaper ads or brochures – you’d identify key individuals or groups of individuals who could potentially be interested in your product and reach out to them directly. Things have changed though – with so much information available online, your potential audience is literally at your fingertips. This means that you don’t necessarily need to rely on traditional methods of marketing any longer to reach people who could be interested in your content.
Avoid Free Blogging Platforms
While it’s perfectly acceptable to use free blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress to test the waters of blogging, it’s not advisable to establish a blog or online presence on these platforms. The reason behind this is that these platforms are extremely crowded, which can make it hard for your content to be noticed. When your content does get noticed, it’s usually because there’s some sort of relevance or keyword optimization involved (finding ways to incorporate keywords into your content so that it can be found when someone searches for related information).
Keep Your Ear To The Ground
Even though you might have a substantial audience already, it’s still not enough to make a living online as a language teacher. You’ll need to continue to build your audience by consistently putting out interesting, high-quality content that will draw in potential patrons. To do this, you’ll need to keep your ear to the ground and listen to what others are saying about your niche and what they want – this is something that you can do alone by going through social media or listening to podcasts that are related to your topic. Just remember, it takes time to build up a following, so don’t expect instant results.
Using video isn’t just a trend that’s going to go away, so you’d better start incorporating it now – video helps to explain things more clearly and allows the viewer to see the subject matter firsthand. When someone clicks on a video and lands on your site, you’ll want to keep them interested in the rest of your content – so consider using video to explain key concepts or just to entertain the viewer.
Get A Professional Website
Even if you decide to go the easy way and use WordPress or Blogger to establish your blog, you’re still going to want to invest in a professional-looking website. Just remember that these sites usually cost money to maintain, so think of this as an additional investment that’ll pay off in the long run.
Avoid Free Website Hosting
Even though it’s incredibly convenient to establish a blog or a website using one of the many free hosting platforms out there (like WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and so on), you should avoid these platforms if your goal is to make money online. These are all free platforms, which means that you don’t necessarily need to spend money to establish your website with them, but you’ll need to spend money to keep it operating. For example, Blogger’s free hosting plan does not allow for premium features, so essentially you’re limited to what’s available within the platform itself – this means that as soon as you start running into problems with your website, you’re going to have to spend money to have it fixed. Free hosting platforms are also extremely crowded, which can make it hard for your content to be noticed – this is something that you’ll have to take into consideration when establishing your blog or website on a free platform.
Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
You’ve probably heard of affiliate marketing, and, for good reason – it’s a great way to make money online without having to write any content yourself. When you set up an affiliate marketing platform, you’ll have to decide on a commission rate for each product that someone clicks through to from your website – the commission rate refers to the percentage of the sale that you’ll get paid for bringing someone to the counter of a specified product.
Avoid Costly Mistakes
If you’re a beginner, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many ways that you can make costly mistakes when establishing a language teaching blog or website. For example, if you choose the wrong theme for your site, it can cost you a lot of money to have it redesigned – don’t rush into anything, instead, take your time to find a theme that you feel suits your needs and has the potential to generate revenue. Another mistake that people frequently make is trying to trick search engines into thinking their content is more relevant than it actually is – this is called unnatural linking, and it can get you in trouble with Google if you do it too much. Avoid doing this by creating quality content that naturally ranks well in search engines.